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Department of the Air Force
Family Employment Readiness Program
118 Brookley Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20032
It’s likely that employment will change when a move occurs, especially for military spouses. The information below will provide you with employment assistance information and resources available such as SECO, MyCAA and MSEP Portals.
Employment prospects in the Washington DC metropolitan area are generally very good. While the unemployment rate for the District of Columbia itself is somewhat higher than the national average, the unemployment rates for the surrounding areas of Maryland and Virginia are usually lower. Persons with clerical and office skills, computer skills and retail experience should find work without much difficulty. Prospects are particularly good in computer technology, security and law enforcement, communications, healthcare, banking, administration, and service businesses. A fast-growing industry in the area is temporary placement. Washington DC is a commuter city and regional commutes of 30-60 minutes one-way are not at all uncommon. Many spouses working downtown drive to a METRO Rail station and take the train to work. Remember to hand carry your employment and educational records, as well as resumes and other pertinent information to assist in getting started on your job search upon your arrival.
For job-hunting purposes, be sure to hand carry with you all of your employment-related records and documents, resumes, applications, school transcripts, certificates and licenses.
The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) assists separating and retired members in their job search. The program receives many new job leads daily. A resource room with computers to access job search resources is available. Trade papers, magazines and newsletters can be referenced and listings of federal, other government and private employment are prominently displayed.
For information on MyCAA and Military Spouse Education and Career Opportunities, visit Military OneSource.
Call the unemployment office where you will be living and or visit the unemployment office where you currently live for information on eligibility.
On-base positions with the Services Division, Base Exchange (AAFES), Commissary (DeCA), and even contracted services are often available as well as positions in the local community.
Be sure to contact the Military & Family Readiness Center at JBAB. We can assist you in your search for employment.
Employment prospects in the Washington DC metropolitan area are generally very good. While the unemployment rate for the District of Columbia (9.8%) itself is somewhat higher than the national average, the unemployment rates for the surrounding areas of Maryland (6.9%) and Virginia (6.8%) are usually lower. Median household income for the area: Maryland $77,806, Virginia $66,806 and D.C. $61,108.